Photo: Mahesh Shrestha, LI-BIRD

Inclusive Economic Growth for Income and Employment



Objective

To transform subsistence agriculture into business opportunities for generating income and local employment.

The smallholder farmers, especially women and youths, require opportunities for jobs and income for their livelihood and family well-being. Our actions will focus on engaging and mobilising them both in on-farm and off-farm economic development activities, building on experience and capital to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, creating local jobs and income opportunities, and improving access to financial services. The programme will be aligned with the government’s Agriculture Modernisation Programme to leverage resources and maximize programme synergies and impact. The programme will target (but not be limited to) selected road corridors and rural-urban interface areas for sustainable production, marketing and consumption of safe and healthy food.

To achieve this objective, within five year, LI-BIRD will:

  • Refine and scale-up the Value Chain Development Fund (VCDF) approach for improving local entrepreneurs’ access to financial services for the establishment of, and to scale up their agricultural and forest-based enterprises;
  • Promote market-oriented on-farm production targeting landless and land poor communities to maximize utilization of private and public waste land for income and local employment;
  • Scale-up three to five selected agricultural and forest-based value chains led, financed and managed by private sectors and cooperatives; and
  • Develop methodology for integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management plans and implementation modality in new federal structure; and
  • Build business development and entrepreneurship skills of women and youths, especially aspirant and returnee migrants, on sustainable production and marketing of high value agricultural and forest-based products.